Navigation Links
Ability to process information as a baby continues into adulthood

CLEVELAND--Infants who excel at processing new information at 6- and 12-months-old, typically excel in intelligence and academic achievements as young adults in their 20's, according to a study directed by Case Western Reserve University Psychologist Joseph Fagan.

Fagan's "The prediction, from infancy, of adult IQ and achievement," published in the journal Intelligence, is receiving accolades. Mensa International, Limited,- the international organization of 100,000 people who score at the 98 percentile on IQ testsand their Mensa Education & Research Foundation, recently recognized Fagan's work with the 2009 Award for Excellence in Research.

The research honored by the Mensa groups examined the question of whether the more intelligent infant becomes the more intelligent and more highly achieving adult.

"Yes" is the answer Fagan and his research team found.

Intelligence involves processing new information and then making associations with other information an individual encounters throughout life. These processes work together to allow an individual to grow in knowledge, says Fagan.

Over 20 years ago, Fagan developed the Fagan Test of Infant Intelligence. The test measures the response infants have to pictures of novel objects.

The infant test works by pairing two pictures together for a set period of time. A researcher watches the length of time an infant looks at the pictures. Then one of these pictures is paired with a new image and again the time the infant focuses on the new and old images is recorded. Infants generally spend about 60 percent of the time looking at new images.

In the research project for the award-winning paper, Fagan and his co-investigators Cynthia Holland from Cuyahoga Community College and undergraduate student Karyn Wheeler revisited 61 young adults, who had taken the Fagan Test as babies in their first year of life. They also looked at their first IQ tests at the age of 3 and compared them with their scores at 21 years old.

They discovered an association with intelligence between this early ability to process information and IQ during their young adult years. These infants with ability to process new information at an early age showed higher levels of academic achievement later in life.

The researchers say that attention to novelty "tells us that intelligence is continuous from infancy to adulthood" and "underscore the importance of information processing as a means for studying intelligence."

They added that this knowledge may help researchers also understand how genetics and environment can influence intelligence.


Contact: Susan Griffith
Case Western Reserve University

Related medicine news :

1. Disability payments may spur drug abuse
2. Ability to cope with stress can increase good cholesterol in older white men, study finds
3. Treating depression may improve recovery of heart rate variability following coronary syndromes
4. Therap Services Continues to Hire Experienced Developmental Disability Industry Clinicians for its Customer Support Team
5. Dow Jones Sustainability Index Again Recognizes Abbott for Continued Leadership in Business, Environmental and Social Performance
6. Health Insurance Industry Contributions to Politicians Block Regulation, Affordability in Health Care Debate, Says FTCR
7. JHA Releases 2007 U.S. Group Disability Mid-Year Market Survey Results
8. National Council on Disability Urges Congress to Support Americans with Disabilities Act Restoration
9. Pathway Diagnostics Announces Commercial Availability of SensiTrop(TM) HIV Co-receptor Tropism Assay
10. Study looks at mitochondrial variation in sperm traits and sperm competitive ability
11. AT&T Establishes New Network Services for Leading Medical Liability Insurer
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/12/2015)... ... October 12, 2015 , ... American Family Care (AFC), the nation’s ... by opening its 151st medical center. Located at 606A Boll Weevil Circle in Enterprise, ... continue fulfilling our mission of making quality health care accessible and economical with the ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... ... October 12, 2015 , ... At first glance, it looks ... one would find atop a drink in a tiki bar. But the Parachute® Ventricular ... at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) could potentially signal a new way of treating people ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... IL, USA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2015 ... ... high-fidelity personal audio products, will present the latest version of Companion Mics, the ... for audiometry, at the European Union of Hearing Aid Acousticians’ (EUHA) 60th Annual ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... ... October 12, 2015 , ... FEI ... workforce resilience from EAP to crisis management, will present a session at the ... Wisconsin, Oct. 14-16, 2015. , FEI’s Chief Operating Officer Daniel Potterton will present ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... ... October 12, 2015 , ... To help raise awareness this ... to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The National Breast Cancer Foundation is dedicated ... early detection, education, and support services. , The annual campaign to increase breast ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2015)... October 12, 2015 ... Pipeline Review, H2 2015 market research report provides ... pipelines by identifying new targets and MOAs to ... . --> . ... spread across 62 pages, analyzing 6 companies, 8 ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... , Oct. 12, 2015 Device usage ... need to help integrate these devices into existing clinical ... ergonomic healthcare mounting and mobility solutions, has launched the ... cart yet, for a wide array of laptops and ... SV10 was developed exclusively for Microsoft Surface and is ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... 2015  Today, Divurgent is honored to announce Paul ... former CIO, Paul brings 15 years of hands-on experience as ... with today,s CIOs, he is one. The challenges that face ... faced, and his new role with Divurgent allows him to ... an organization. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: